Domaine du Monteillet Le Petit Viognier, Northern Rhone, France 2016

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Domaine du Monteillet Le Petit Viognier, Northern Rhone, France 2016

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Winemaker Stephane Montez is a nightmare to deal with. He never answers his phone, he never responds to emails, he forgets appointments and if you do manage to track him down, he frequently disappears mid-conversation to check on a barrel, never to return. If he didn’t make such phenomenally good wine, we’d have lost our patience long ago, but we keep coming back for more. His Petit Viognier is easily as good as anybody else’s Condrieu, so it’s a seriously good buy. Aged for 10 months in French oak with monthly battonage, it offers delectable aromas of honeysuckle, apricot, acacia and butter pastry with a vital bite of green fruits on the palate to give it a zesty kick. It takes a winemaker with the delicate touch of a watercolourist to work with Viognier’s subtle shades and Stephane Montez, with his ‘less is more’ approach, is the William Turner of the Northern Rhone. Scarper! It's the metaphor police and we've been rumbled! 12.5% alc. Drink now-2020.

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